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Torridge (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SX 40362 99317


ASHWATER SX 49 NW 4/10 West Down Farmhouse and barn - adjoining at south II Farmhouse and adjoining barn. C17 farmhouse, barn circa early C19. Whitewashed plastered cob on stone rubble footings, the barn unplastered cob. The house has an asbestos slate roof formerly thatched, hipped at the right end, gabled at the left end, a large stone axial stack heating the hall and a probably C19 stone stack at the right gable end. The barn has a corrugated iron roof hipped at the left end. The original C17 plan was a 3 room and through passage house with the hall stack backing on to the passage and a probably unheated inner room, the lower end a barn. A former rear outshut, probably added in the C18 or C19, was taken down to a flat-roofed rear extension in the C20. A long beam inserted under the eaves in the centre of the front elevation and a change in the plane of the front suggests that there has been some rebuilding, possibly after a partial collapse of the front wall. 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4-window front to the farmhouse with the front door leading into the passage at the left under a long timber lintel. Three 3-light ground floor casements, the window to the right of the front door has 4 panes per light, the others 3 panes per light. The first floor windows high under the eaves are 2-light casements with glazing bars, the third window from the right is set down below a long beam built into the front wall. The barn adjoining at the left end has a loft entrance to the right and a door to the left. Interior The passage survives with exposed joists and a blocked opening into the lower end. The front of the passage has a slate floor, the rear, which is used as a storage room has a cobbled floor. The hall has a massive C17 fireplace with a cloam oven with 1 granite and 1 squared stone jamb and a timber lintel with a chamfer and ogee stops. The rear of the stack, visible in the passage, is constructed of neat courses of squared masonry with lacing courses of smaller pieces. 2 chamfered cross beams to the hall, the stops may be concealed behind the wall plaster. The hall has a keeping place on the front wall. The inner room has a C20 fireplace and 1 chamfered cross beam. large straight principal rafters visible in the first floor rooms are probably C17, apex of roof not inspected.

Listing NGR: SX4036299317


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 22 Sep 2007
Reference: IOE01/16765/35
Rights: Copyright IoE Dr Barbara Hilton. Source Historic England Archive
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